Sometimes kids just have a way of saying things plainly, compartmentalizing worlds complications into black/white or this/that. For instance, tonight after dinner Alex was looking pensive just sitting there alone in a comfy chair, quietly dangling her legs over the armrest until she decided to prop herself up, extend her arm and then point to the light in the vaulted ceiling. "I wish I could live in that light?" Which I thought she was saying for her own benefit due to the dreamlike quality to her voice; but soon her gaze rested on me, a sure signal that she wanted a response. Meeting her gaze, I stopped loading the dishwasher and asked, "What's that now?" With arm still extended she answered, "That light... right there. I wish I could live in it because sometimes at bedtime I'm afraid of the dark." Simple isn't it? If you're afraid of the dark, why not live in the light. Putting Alex to bed tonight proved to be an impossibility because she cried her eyes out until Jon decided to take her downstairs to snuggle with him. There, with her dad, accompanied by the glow of the TV, Alex's wet cheeks illuminated and her mood elevated. Under these conditions, sleep came with ease. How I wish everything came this easy.
Today I made Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Chips with Fruit Salsa. I don't have an official recipe as I merely put it together based on some information I received from two other moms at my daughter's elementary school. It sounded easy enough and so I tried it. Here's a picture tutorial:
1. Cut flour tortillas into triangles. As many as you think you'll need.
2. Mix melted butter, sugar and cinnamon, then brush over tortilla pieces.
3. Sprinkle a mix of Cinnamon sugar over the top of the buttered tortillas then Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 to 12 minutes or until nice and crisp. And don't worry, your hand won't look like a giant claw when you do this; this is just how my hand looks on camera, don't be afraid, go to the light.
4. Combine fruits of your choice to make the fruit salsa. I used, mangoes, strawberries, red seedless grapes. (you can also add cilantro or mint to kick up the flavor, but I didn't do it because I wanted it to be as kid friendly as possible).
5. Squeeze in some lime juice. (you can also add peach nectar or orange juice if you so desire -- I did not desire, so I left it out.) Can you tell I was having trouble squeezing that lime? Where's the juice you ask. I couldn't tell you if the lack of juice was the result of an an abnormally strong lime, or a weak left hand. In either case, I did manage to produce a good amount of lime juice once my right hand was free.
6. Mix it all up.
7. Meanwhile your chips should have come out of the oven by now.
8. Your fruit should have melded together nicely.
9. Put the two together and you got yourself, Cinnamon Sugar Tortillas with Fruit Salsa.
I wish all recipes were this easy.